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County Councillors lead tributes to former colleague Bob Mutch

by Michael Penkman. Published Tue 09 Aug 2011 16:37
Bob Mutch
Bob Mutch

Tributes have been paid to Councillor Bob Mutch, who passed away over the weekend following a battle with cancer.

Cllr Mutch, who represented the people of Wyreside as a conservative councillor, died on Saturday 6 August aged 77.

Originally from outside Lancashire, Bob lived in Knott End with his wife and had three daughters and two sons.

He was voted onto the county council in 1988, and served on several committees, including development control, regulatory, highways and transportation, and education and cultural services.

In addition, he was also a highly valued county council representative on Lancashire's Combined Fire Authority.

As part of this role, he was involved in the creation of Preesall Community Fire Station and was very proud of the introduction of this valuable facility.

Outside his political life, Councillor Mutch worked as an engineer at ICI for many years.

Leaders of the county council's three political groups today paid tribute to him.

County Councillor Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "Bob was an adopted son of Lancashire.

"He was a loyal, hard working politician who always tried hard to serve the people of Lancashire.

"Bob also did a tremendous job representing the county council on the combined fire authority.

"He was well respected from all sides of the chamber. When Bob spoke out, everyone took notice and he was always very considered in what he said.

"Away from work, he was the shining example of a family man. My condolences and support go out to his wife, children and everyone who knew or worked with him."

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council's Labour group, said: "I have known Bob for some time and am very sad to hear about his death.

"He always worked hard to serve the electorate in Wyreside and across Lancashire on the committees he was involved with, despite being ill for the last few months.

"It was a privilege to work with him. His death is a sad loss to the county council."

County Councillor Bill Winlow, leader of the county's Liberal Democrat group, said: "I am very saddened to hear that a long-serving member with Bob's abilities and willingness to serve his community has died.

"I would like to express my condolences to his family and those he has helped in the past. I'm sure he'll be greatly missed.”



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